How to Refinish your Front Door

If our front entrance doors could talk I am sure they would have plenty of stories to tell about our home and the individuals who have lived here. They were a beautiful mess but we weren’t ready to take them to them dump. They have so much character to them so we decided to refinish them over a couple warm weekends in Calgary.


We are in love with how they turned out. Don’t you?? If you don’t feel like spending thousands of dollars on a new front door and your existing door(s) are in good enough shape why not consider refinishing them? The process is quite simple, it just takes some time and sweat. We are itching for warmer weather to get started on some additional outdoor projects. We can’t wait to share more details soon!


How to Refinish your Front Door

  1. Ensure you choose a warm day with minimal wind to begin your refinishing project. Start by removing any accessories such as door handles, wreaths, decorations, etc. SandingDuring
  2. Sand the door lightly with a palm sander tool. Ensure you sand in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Pay extra attention to detailed sections such as the middle section of our doors.
  3. Once all the sides are sanded down ensure you clean up all the saw dust. We also used our air compressor to remove any saw dust particles sticking to the door. We let the door ‘breathe’ overnight.
  4. Smooth on the stain with a paint brush or cloth section by section. We cut up one of Matt’s old construction t-shirts and used it to stain our front door. We find you have more control of how much stain sinks into the wood with a cloth. Wipe off any excess stain before it dries in the section. Ensure you brush the stain in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
  5. Once the stain is dry, apply a thin coat of polyurethane to protect the door(s) from the weather elements.
  6. Once the coat is dry you may attach the door handles and hinges back on and re-install the door.

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